It’s that time of year again, boring, miserable, ol’ January. Oh God, I sound a bit like Eeyore. We’ve only gone and over done it over the festive season and it’s left us feeling heavy, lethargic and not so bright and glowy! Cue the usual knee-jerk reaction – diving into the latest faddy diet, hopping on to the detox train or trying to live off lettuce alone. Now I know all good things must come to an end, but you’ll be pleased to hear that it doesn’t have to be quite so harsh. There is absolutely no reason to completely give up food and live on fresh air, or just drink nasty, vile shakes for days on end. In fact, these quick-fix “detoxes” are really not the answer. Our amazing bodies are constantly detoxing and working to remove millions of toxins on a daily basis, regardless of whether we’re on a detox or cleanse – it simply NEVER stops!
However sometimes (like now) our bodies can become congested, stagnant and overloaded and need a bit of a break, especially after all the fun and frivolities of the last month. By reducing the toxic load, providing the correct nutrients to support the detoxification systems and organs as well as the channels of elimination, and focusing on restoring energy and vitality, we can easily press the reset button on a deeper, more cellular level and in a safe and more effective way.
Our poor overworked liver might have had a bit of a rough ride of late, dealing with excessive amounts of rich food and alcohol, as well as summoning up the energy to do the rest of its every moment of the day chores, such as producing and breaking down hormones and cholesterol, making thousands of enzymes, regulating blood sugar, filtering the blood etc, etc. In fact there isn’t a single system in our body that doesn’t rely on our liver, and if it’s compromised it can eventually lead to ill health including hormone imbalance, fertility problems, allergies, skin conditions, weight gain and more severe degenerative diseases.
By cutting back on the processed, sugary, refined foods and eating delicious, whole, seasonal, REAL foods you can restore your body back to balance and break free of old habits, reset your tastebuds and feel re-energised in no time at all. Some great liver cleansers to start incorporating into your diet straight away are garlic and cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. Leafy green vegetables, especially the bitter ones like rocket are fabulous for the liver, stock up on lemons, grapefruits, avocados and artichokes and don’t forget to drink plenty of water.
I find working with the seasons really works for me, and I love doing a detox, cleanse or whatever you want to call it, for 2-3 weeks every 3 months or so, and not just as a quick fix detox after the Christmas retox. Done seasonally, it prepares your body for whatever each season brings – a long established system used in traditional practices like Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine. My seasonal Body Reset is a 14-day programme to help release your body from the toxins it is subjected to during your day-to-day interactions found in our environment, from the pesticides found in food and drinks, to the chemicals in cleaning products, cosmetics and much more. The aim is to improve your digestion through eating whole, seasonal foods that are designed to support your body’s natural processes of detoxification and cleansing. It’s just a simple plan to tackle your health and bring your body back into balance, without the need for faddy diets or starvation programmes. That is so NOT my style – I love my food way too much for that!
I will be starting my own Winter Body Reset next week (as I’m off to London for the weekend, and it’s going to have to wait until I get back!), and I’m sooooooo looking forward to it. Please feel free to join me – I have a dedicated Facebook group for my Wildly Healthy Body Resetters, so we can all support each other. The more the merrier!
I am so ready.